Wednesday :: Aug 9, 2006

Been Here, Saw This

by pessimist

Recall the stories which circulated during the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq concerning Colin Powell's behind-the-scenes opposition to the PNAC reorganization of the world through military means?

Sure you do!

So - is there something about African-American Secretaries of State disagreeing with Bu$hCo?

Conservative Mag: Bush And Condi Clash Over Middle East..."I've Never Seen Her So Angry"...
Insight Magazine
August 8, 2006

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has become increasingly dismayed
over President Bush's support for Israel to continue its war with Hezbollah.
State Department sources said Ms. Rice has been repeatedly stymied in her attempts to pressure Israel to end strikes against Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon. The sources said the secretary's trip to the Middle East last week was torpedoed by the Israeli air strike of a Lebanese village in which 25 people were killed.

It's again time to ask the question that was posed to Colin back then:


Ms. Rice has argued that the United States would be isolated both in the Middle East and Europe at a time when the administration seeks to build a consensus against Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Instead, Ms. Rice believes the United States should engage Iran and Syria to pressure Hezbollah to end the war with Israel. Ms. Rice has argued that such an effort would result in a U.S. dialogue with Damascus and Tehran on Middle East stability.

Ms. Rice has garnered support from several senior Republicans on the Foreign Relations Committee, including chairman Sen. Richard Lugar. Members of the inner circle of Mr. Bush's father, the former president, have also been advocating for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon, with subsequent pressure on Israel for a diplomatic settlement with the Palestinians.

Ms. Rice's biggest supporter has been Brent Scowcroft, who served under the first Bush administration as national security advisor. Sources said Mr. Scowcroft, regarded as Ms. Rice's mentor, has been sending messages to his friends in Congress and the White House that U.S. support for the Israeli war could jeopardize relations with Gulf oil suppliers, particularly Saudi Arabia.

This is what she's up against:

The sources said Mr. Bush's position has been supported by Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and to a lesser extent National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. They have urged the president to hold off international pressure and give Israel more time to cause strategic damage to Hezbollah as well as Iranian and Syrian interests in Lebanon.

But the sources said Mr. Bush has been dismayed by the Israeli failure to defeat Hezbollah. They said several high-ranking Republicans have expressed amazement at the plodding Israeli advance into Lebanon.

"One Jewish friend of Bush actually called up a senior Israeli official and began yelling, 'What the hell's going on here,'" a source said. "'Are you going to fight or what?'"

Over your dead PNAC Fudge AIPAC-er body!

Note to Ms. Rice: When you decide you have had enough, you only have one course to reclaim your honor. You will have to walk.

Your predecessor didn't, which is why he will never regain what little honor he had after My Lai.

You don't want that. You already have far too much to atone.

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